This is a uniquely created book in that it is a fictionalized historical telling of Marilyn Monroe. Who didn’t like her and even imagine that they wanted to be her? But even in my teens, I didn’t think that Marilyn Munroe had it all. She struck me as being a person who was stuck in her cultural times, and I was right.
The Blonde is a GREAT story. Marilyn Monroe is a spy. There is so much of the historical Marilyn Monroe woven into the book. The story starts with a flash back into her childhood. Then it flashes forward to the height of her fame and when she seemed to be at the top of the world — which she was on the surface. But under it all, she was a very lonely and vulnerable woman.
Marilyn wants to be desired. That is like a drug to her. She craves it and will bring it about regardless of what she has to do. Many times, women both in Marilyn Monroe’s day and today have to sell their soul and all that they stand for just to fit in. And that is one of the aspects of Marilyn’s life that is sad. She was so beautiful, yet she didn’t believe in herself enough to not live for the approval of others.
The story is part spy thriller, and part love story. It is an enthralling read and it will keep the reader wanting to know what happens between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Parts of the book read like Marilyn’s personal diary. Some of the details are her inner life are personal and sad. But this is something that every woman can relate to on some level.
Anna Godbersen is a wonderful writer. Her writing is spell-binding. She almost casts a spell with her words as she weaves them into a story line that seems real despite the fact that is it fiction. I don’t usually like to read spy-thrillers; however, this book did not disappoint. In fact, it is a book that I will re-read from time to time.
I recommend the book to all readers who want to read a book that is hard to put down. It is a page turner, to say the least. Although the book will probably be most enjoyed by women, men who loved Marilyn Monroe and who love spy thrillers will also love the book.
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